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  • A week in family law: Domestic violence homicides, marriage statistics and a new Commissioner
    As I discussed here in this post, data obtained by the BBC from 43 police forces across the UK shows that the number of domestic violence-related homicides in the UK is at its highest level in five years. The data reveals that last year 173 people were killed in domestic violence-related homicides, an increase of... […]
    John Bolch
  • In sickness and in health: Alzheimer’s and divorce
    This year World Alzheimer’s Day falls on Saturday, 21 September 2019. An international campaign, the day exists to raise awareness and highlight the issues people across the world affected by the disease face. Current figures place over 850,000 people living with the disease in the UK but that figure is expected to rise to over... […]
    Rachel Roberts
  • Wrongful disclosure of Family Court papers
    As will be well known to regular readers of this blog, Family Court proceedings relating to children are normally held in private, primarily for the protection of the children involved. That means that court papers relating to the proceedings must not be disclosed to anyone else unless the court gives permission for the disclosure. Disclosure... […]
    John Bolch
  • A typical child arrangements case
    Sometimes one comes across a law report that is of interest not because it says anything new or profound, but rather because it is an example of a typical case of its kind. The primary reason for such a report to be of interest is that it can give litigants a real flavour of what... […]
    John Bolch
  • Petnups: Dogs and divorce
    To some people, it’s just a dog or cat; to others, they are an important member of the family.  It may, therefore, come as no surprise to some readers that pets can be one of the most hotly contested aspects of settlement negotiations when a couple decides to divorce or separate.  In recent years, it... […]
    Gabrielle Read Thomas
  • Popularity of marriage in continued decline
    Latest statistics from ONS – decline in marriage The Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’) has published its latest annual statistical bulletin giving estimates of population by legal marital status and cohabitation status by age and sex for England and Wales, for the year 2018. What does it tell us of relevance to family law? The... […]
    John Bolch
  • Domestic violence-related homicides reach five-year high
    173 homicides in 2018 I’ve written two posts here recently on the subject of family breakdown-related homicides. The first post was prompted by new research into the killing of women by their intimate, or former intimate, partners following a pattern of domestic abuse, and the second post was prompted simply by three headlines that appeared... […]
    Kate Nestor
  • The right divorce lawyer for you in seven steps
    Your divorce lawyer is a key member of your divorce team. You need one you can talk to, trust and who will fight your corner whatever your divorce throws at you. Here are seven tips to help you pick the right divorce lawyer for you.   This article was first published on 13 September 2018... […]
    Stowe Family Law
  • A week in family law: Nagalro, two Bills lost, and the life of a child
    Summary of the week in family law Nagalro, the professional association for children’s guardians, family court advisers and independent social workers, has raised concern that Cafcass is undermining the role of Children’s Guardians. Specifically, Nagalro is concerned that Cafcass has disseminated inaccurate information on its website, which appears to dilute the role of the Children’s... […]
    John Bolch
  • Mother fails to get Polish maintenance order registered after child support assessment
    I am no expert upon family law in other jurisdictions, but my understanding is that it is usual in many other countries for child maintenance orders to be made as a matter of course in divorce proceedings. The divorce court in that country has a duty to ensure that proper arrangements are made for any... […]
    John Bolch